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European Bioethanol industry welcomes EU 20% by 2020 plan

The European Bioethanol industry body has welcomed the EU’s plan to ensure that 20% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020, according to ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS)The idea that governments will be able to work cross border, is for me one of the more interesting ideas.  If this goes […]

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Biofuels are sticking point for EU renewable policy

According to ReutersThompson Biofuels have deadlocked the EU’a renewables policy. 

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Can the EU square ethics with trade, should it even try in biofuels?

Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number […]

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ICIS bioresources summit

ICIS (the people that I work for: About ICIS) will be holding the 2nd ICIS Bioresources Summit, in Hardwick Hall, County Durham, UK on November 25. The conference will discuss the advances in bio-engineering and their impact on biofuels, bio-polymers and other emerging markets. The conference will also address the latest thinking in raw materials […]

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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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Kraft food leads biofuel fightback

The CEO of Kraft Foods is leading a fightback against ethanol subsidies in the US, according to Huffington Post. 

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McCain opposes ethanol subisdies

With around eight weeks to go to the US presidential election, John McCain will be campaigning on ending ethanol subsidies… I’d missed that, I was rather distracted by his Moose-hunting running mate. 

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Africa a green gold rush

Africa is becoming a the next battleground for biofuels, according to an article in Speigel on-line. The story was pointed out to me by David Benson, a regular commenter on the blog.To me it points out the need for informed free consent by the people affected to the deals that the biofuels companies are offering. […]

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Why is Obama pro corn ethanol and McCain anti?

Those of you who have been following the biofuel positions of the two candidates McCain and Obama in the forthcoming US presidential elections may have wondered why the two men have taken the positions that they have. Ron Way examines the strange politics king makers in corn ethanol country in MinnPost.com. I guess it comes […]

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